Montreal Alouettes

               

                  The 1977 Alouettes pose for a team photo

                                      

 

                            

 

 

 

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Grey Cup

 

 

 

 

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magazine View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000's

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-- photo link --

 

Johnson

Hawkins

Emry

Cobourne

Edwards

Phillips

Lapointe

Sanchez

Heppell

Haskins

Chiu

Ham

Soles

Payton

Ferdinand

Overstreet

'White Shoes'

Biletnikoff

Cousineau

Arakgi

Green

Barnes

Jones

Sweet

Harris

Buono

Ah You

Smith

Dixon

Patterson

-- timeline --

 

Chad Johnson - Oregon - 2014 - Wide Receiver

Andrew Hawkins - Toledo - 2009-10 - Receiver

Marc Trestman - 2008-12 - Head Coach

Shea Emry - UBC - 2008-13 - Linebacker

 

Jamel Richardson #18

2008-13 - Receiver

Jamel Richardson arrived in Montreal after a stint in Saskatchewan with little fanfare. He would go on to form one of the most lethal quarterback/receiver combinations in league history along with Anthony Calvillo. He peaked with 1,777 receiving yards in 2011 and left his mark on some great Alouette teams capturing 2 Grey Cup Championships.

 

Jarett Payton - Miami - 2007 - Running Back

Avon Cobourne - West Virginia - 2006-10 - Running Back

Robert Edwards - Georgia - 2005-07 - Running Back

 

Kerry Watkins #81

Georgia Tech - 2004-11 - Receiver

Kerry Watkins was one of the most consistent receivers in the CFL for 8 seasons. A favourite target of Anthony Calvillo, Watkins totaled 7,431 yards and 75 touchdowns with the Alouettes. Totalling 5 consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving the Louisiana native also won 2 Grey Cups in 2008 and 2009. The Georgia Tech product was a respected receiver and a well regarded barber.

 

Lawrence Phillips - Nebraska - 2002 - Running Back

 

Anwar Stewart #9

Kentucky - 2002-11 - Defensive End

Anwar Stewart spent 10 productive seasons with the Alouettes capturing 3 Grey Cups through a dominating phase for the organization in the 2000s. He joined Montreal after spending a year with Calgary and quickly grew into a dominant force on the defensive line. The Kentucky product was a fan favourite who laid down roots in the community and continues his involvement with the team to this day as an assistant coach.

 

Eric Lapointe - Mount Allison - 2001-06 - Running Back

Davis Sanchez - Oregon - 1999-00, 05-09 - Defensive Back

 

Anthony Calvillo #13

Utah State - 1998-13 - Quarterback

The most prolific passer in professional football history, Anthony Calvillo stands as arguably the greatest quarterback in Canadian Football League history. He was the model of consistency over 20 seasons in the league. First joining the CFL out of college with the Las Vegas Posse; Calvillo had a stop in Hamilton before finding a home with Montreal and the Alouettes in 1998. First as an understudy to Hall of Famer Tracy Ham, Calvillo assumed the reins of the team in 2000 and quickly put his mark on the league. A three time Grey Cup champion in 8 appearances and a 3 time Most Outstanding Player he always carried himself with class and a humble dignity. The kid from La Puente has built a life in Montreal and is a legend of Canadian Football.

 

Barron Miles - Nebraska - 1998-04 - Defensive Back

 

Ben Cahoon #86

Brigham Young - 1998-10 - Slotback

Ben Cahoon stands as one of the all-time greatest clutch receivers in CFL history. He sits as the all-time reception leader in league history. The BYU grad was a 3-time Grey Cup Champion and provided an endless list of highlight reel catches. A 2-time Most Outstanding Canadian, Cahoon was a fan favorite for the Alouettes for 13 seasons and the #1 target for quarterback Anthony Calvillo. A tremendous football player and tremendous person Cahoon has gone on to coach football at his alma mater.

 

Thomas Haskins - Virginia Military Academy - 1997-02 - Running Back

Bruno Heppell - Western Michigan - 1997-04 - Fullback

Jock Climie - Queens - 1996-01 - Wide Receiver

Bryan Chiu - Washington State - 1996-09 - Center

Tracy Ham - Georgia Southern - 1996-99 - Quarterback

Michael Soles - McGill - 1996-99 - Running Back

 

Mike Pringle #27

Cal State Fullerton - 1996-02 - Running Back

Mike Pringle had simply an amazing career. He holds numerous rushing records including the 2 highest rushing totals in league history. He is the only running back in CFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a seaon with 2,065 in 1998. Mike was named the leagues Most Outstanding Player 2 times in 1995 and '98. Mike was a member of 3 Grey Cup winning teams with Baltimore, Montreal and Edmonton. Mike played his college football at Cal State Fullerton the alma mater of 2 other CFL legends Allen Pitts and Damon Allen. Pringle was a draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1990 - he first joined the CFL with Edmonton in 1992. Mike had two incredible seasons with Baltimore in 1994 and '95 before moving up to Montreal where he had his greatest success.

 

Elfrid Payton - Grambling - 1996-99 - Quarterback

 

Turner Gill #12

Nebraska - 1983-85 - Quarterback

Turner Gill one of the all-time great quarterbacks produced by the NCAA powerhouse Nebraska. Upon completing his senior year with Nebraska in 1983 the 2nd team All-American signed with the Montreal Concordes and went on to play two seasons leading the club to consecutive playoff births. He was forced to retire due to concussions and has continued in football as a NCAA head coach

 

Denny Ferdinand - Montreal Alouette Jrs - 1982-84 - Running Back

David Overstreet - Oklahoma - 1981-82 - Running Back

Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson - Widener - 1981 - Wide Receiver

Vince Ferragamo #15

Nebraska - 1981 - Quarterback

In April 1981, a little more than a year after quarterbacking the Rams to a near upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV, Ferragamo also left L.A., signing two one-year, $400,000 contracts with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. "It was strictly business on my part," says Ferragamo, who turned down a one-year, $300,000 offer from the Rams. "The emotional stuff was taken out of the equation. I love California, but I was thinking about my career." Ferragamo, who had been a college star at Nebraska, thought wrong. In his one CFL season, he played less like Vince Ferragamo and more like Vince Neil, throwing 25 interceptions in 13 games. "It was more like a minor league," he says of the CFL. "We had a team on the downside with a lot of players who weren't going to be around much longer."

 

Fred Biletnikoff - Florida State - 1980 - Wide Receiver

Tom Cousineau -  Ohio State - 1979-81 - Defensive End

Nick Arakgi - Bishops - 1979-87 - Slotback

David Green - Edinboro Univ. - 1978-80 - Running Back

Gerry Dattilio - Northern Colorado - 1976-81, 84-85 - Quarterback

Joe Barnes - Texas Tech - 1976-80, 85-86 - Quarterback

 

Johnny Rodgers #20

Nebraska - 1973-76 - Receiver/Returner

Dubbed the "Ordinary Superstar" Rodgers shocked the football world after leading the Nebraska Corn Huskers to the Rose Bowl in 1972.  The San Diego Chargers selected Rodgers in the first round of the 1973 draft, but he rebuffed the NFL to join the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

"I had always dreamed of having $100,000, and San Diego didn't offer me anything close to that," he said. "So I went to Montreal, and they offered me what I was looking for right out of the gate." Rodgers played four seasons in the CFL, winning Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and All-Pro honors, along with a Grey Cup.

 

Tony Proudfoot - UNB - 1973-79 - Defensive Back

Jimmy Jones - USC - 1973-75 - Quarterback

 

Marv Levy

1973-77 - Head Coach

the Hall of Fame NFL coach spent 5 seasons as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the mid 1970's compiling a 50-34-4 record and capturing two Grey Cup championships. Levy credits his time in Canada as invaluable in shaping his career as a head coach. He coached some prominent players in team history and had great success. Levy left Montreal following the clubs Grey Cup Championship in 1977 and went on to coach the Kansas City Chiefs before moving on to his longtime post as head man with the Buffalo Bills.

 

Don Sweet - Washington State - 1972-1983 - Kicker

Dickie Harris - USC - 1972-80 - Defensive Back

Wally Buono - Idaho State - 1972-81 - Linebacker/Punter

Junior Ah You - Arizona State - 1972-82 - Defensive End

Larry Smith - Bishops - 1972-80 - Running Back

 

Sonny Wade #14

Emory & Henry - 1969-78 - Quarterback/Punter

Jesse "Sonny" Wade was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Grey Cup on 3 occasions, a record he holds with Doug Flutie. The rangy Wade graduated as an All-American from Emory & Henry in Virginia in 1969 and joined the Alouettes as a quarterback and punter.  Sonny led Montreal to a Grey Cup in 1970 under coach Sam Etcheverry, defeating Calgary 23-10. Wade suffered through injuries and coaching changes but returned to the big game in 1974 defeating Edmonton 20-7. For his final championship in the infamous 1977 staple game, in front of a record crowd of 68,318 at Olympic stadium Wade led the potent Montreal attack to a 41-6 destruction of the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1977 title game. Wade retired after the 1978 season as was one of the most successful big-game players in league history.

 

Peter Dalla Riva - Oakville - 1968-81 - Tight End

George Dixon - Bridgeport Univ - 1959-65 - Running Back

Hal Patterson - Kansas - 1954-61 - Wide Receiver

 

Sam Etcheverry

Denver - 1952-1960 - Quarterback

1970-72 - Coach

Over nine seasons in Montreal, as No. 92 and then No. 14, he never missed a game. He would be introduced last, simply as "the quarterback, Sam," to a routine standing ovation. The stadium, capacity 26,218, sold out most of the time Sam Etcheverry played there from 1954 through 1960. He literally wrote the record book, with 183 touchdown passes, not counting his first two seasons in Montreal, 1952 and 1953, when the Canadian Football League evidently didn't keep records.

 

-- profiles by decade --

 

 


-- stadium --

 

Percival Molson Stadium

Capacity (25,012)

High Season: 59,525 (1977)

Low Season: 9,585 (1997)

2016 Avg: 20,378

 


-- grey cup --

 

2002

 

1977

 

1974

 


-- features --

 

2002

 

1981

 

'Nutra-Sweet'

 

Percival Molson

 

Concordes

 


-- highlights --

 

Marc Trestman spent 5 very successful seasons as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. After a lengthy career in the NFL and U.S. College as a coordinator Trestman took the helm of the Alouettes in 2008 and led them to the Grey Cup in each of his first 3 seasons, capturing the hallowed trophy in 2009 and 2010. In January 2013 Trestman was named head coach of the Chicago Bears and above all credited quarterback Anthony Calvillo in getting him there.

 

Barron Miles (left) arrived in Montreal in 1998 after a stellar collegiate career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers culminating in a National Championship in 1994. After a few seasons kicking around the NFL and NFL Europe he signed with the Alouettes and was an instant star capturing top rookie honours. He would spend 7 seasons with the Alouettes as a fan favourite and consummate professional on and off the field. He would capture a championship with Montreal in 2002 and in 2005 move west to join the B.C. Lions where he would conclude his career after 5 years with the Lions.

 

Jock Climie played university football at Queens. He was a 1st round draft choice of Toronto in 1989. Jock joined Montreal when the club returned to the city from Baltimore in 1996 and had his greatest success as an Alouette. As one of the top options in the powerfull Montreal offence, Climie was invaluable as a non-import receiver. Montreal advanced to the Grey Cup in 2000 but was defeated by the B.C.Lions. It would be the closest Climie would get to a championship - he retired after the 2001 season and is now a practicing lawyer as well as a panelist for the CFL on TSN.

 

Gerry Dattilio shattered many stereo-types as a Canadian Quarterback in the CFL. The Chomeday Quebec native had a productive 10 season career with Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Highlighted by his nomination as the Eastern Division Most Outstanding Player in 1980, Dattilio was the Alouettes starting quarterback over 2 separate stays with the club.

 

Tony Proudfoot inspired a generation of people with his poise and determination battling ALS. Proudfoot was a star defensive back for the Alouettes from 1973-79 out of the University of New Brunswick. He was an all-star in 1977 and '79 and provided a lasting piece of Grey Cup lore with the idea of adding staples to the Alouettes cleats in the 1977 Grey Cup victory over Edmonton. He went on to a distinguished career as an educator and coach.

 

Peter Dalla Riva (above left 1970 Grey Cup parade) was an incredible non-import receiver with a career spanning over three decades with the Montreal Alouettes. Dalla Riva began his career with Montreal in 1968 he would go on to lead the team in receiving 5 times. As a tight end Peter provided clutch receptions for Alouette quarterbacks. With Montreal Dalla Riva went to six Grey Cups winning three he retired in 1981 and his signature #74 was promptly retired by the franchise that year.

 


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-- photo gallery --

 

Mike Pringle - 1996

 

Blake Nill - 1984

 

Vince Ferragamo - 1981

 

Fred Biletnikoff - 1980

 

Johnny Rodgers - Sam Berger - 1974

 

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